It might seem that writing a demonstration speech is quite easy. In fact, to some students, it might seem one of the easiest types of speech writing.
However, it might be a bit trickier – and it definitely doesn’t come out as easy to many students. Sure, the basics of demonstration speech are easy to understand: you pick a topic that can be explained and explain your audience it while demonstrating every step of the process yourself or with the help of an assistant.
But which topic to pick? There are plenty of examples of demonstration speech ideas for college students that can be found online, so looking for some kind of an inspiration definitely won’t be a problem. What could be a problem though is finding a topic that is not too basic and not too complex for your audience – and structuring your speech around it.
Here are some tips that might help you with that.
Just like we’ve said above, you need to make sure that the demonstration speech ideas that seem great to you would seem great to your audience as well. In order to do so, you need to do some researching and thinking to understand this audience better. Who are they? Are they familiar with the subject of your speech (even if a little)? How deep is their understanding of the subject?
For example, when you write a demonstration speech for the older audience, explaining to them how to send an email might be a good idea. But if you’re going to deliver your speech to your peers, this topic probably would look too obvious to them.
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During your research and preparation, you might come up with some good demonstration speech ideas that, however, don’t seem interesting to you. You could still pick them if you won’t come up with any alternatives – or you can take time and do your best trying to come up with a topic that seems really interesting to you (and that you are familiar with).
Because when you pick such topic, you can offer your audience not only some basic tips but some valuable insights too. Moreover, such speech would be much easier for you to write – and you’ll probably write it quicker as well.
It might be surprising to some students but some easy demonstration speech ideas aren’t actually as obvious and basic as many believe. For example, «How to tie a tie»: sure, it seems that many people do it on a daily basis and definitely know how to do that. But in fact, many people don’t actually know how to tie a tie – and so your speech might turn out to be really useful to them.
Of course, it’s not always possible to start asking fellow students about which topic might be useful to them. However, you can try asking those questions online, conduct an anonymous survey on any of your social media, and so on.
In most cases, you already know how much time you have to deliver a demonstration speech. If you don’t know that, you could always ask your professor to clarify this.
Doing this is very important because you need to make sure that your speech will fit into a given time frame and that you won’t have much time left. There are plenty of 5-minute demonstration speech ideas – and there are plenty of longer ones, so the amount of time actually plays an important role during the choice process.
Moreover, make sure that your speech is actually shorter than this time frame. Keep in mind that the audience might want to ask you some questions, so you need to prepare to answer them – and leave enough time for that.
After you pick a good demonstration speech topic, be sure to talk about it a bit in the introduction. Explain why you’ve chosen it, why it’s important for the audience to know how to do that thing, and why your solution is good.
You can demonstrate everything yourself or you can ask a fellow student to assist you during the speech. Or you could ask some people from the audience to do so. This would help them feel more connected to the topic, help them understand everything better, and would make it more interesting to the audience.
But if you do plan on asking some people from the audience to assist you, first you need to ensure that it’s actually possible. You might have come up with some great demonstration speech ideas with food – but fail to demonstrate some of them because some important equipment is missing. So it’s always better to check this beforehand.
Another important thing you should do is to try rehearsing your speech with a friend. You need to make sure that your tips and steps are actually easy to understand and apply – and that’s why it’s better to find this out before your performance so you’ll have enough time to adjust the speech.
Here’s a list of demonstration speech ideas that could inspire you to come up with your own amazing ones.
1. How to tie a tie
2. How to bake cookies
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4. How to send an email
5. How to pick running shoes
6. How to start eating healthy
7. How to do measurements
8. How to play the drums
9. How to set up a Facebook account
10. How to do a research
11. How to save water
12. How to care for a sick puppy
13. How to recycle
14. How to interpret art
15. How to budget
16. How to save gas
17. How to sketch
18. How to count calories
19. How to decorate your bedroom
20. How to learn Spanish
As you see, these topics aren’t hard to come up with. In fact, it’s probably much easier to come up with one of them than to pick the right persuasive speech topics, for example. Yet explaining them to your audience could be a really important and useful thing to do. So do your best to understand the audience needs, think of your own interests, and choose the right topic for your demonstration speech.
We wish you good luck and hope you’ll be able to impress everyone with your speech!